Bat­man For­ever (1995)

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

“It’s the car, right? Chicks love the car.”

— Bat­man (Val Kilmer) re­pels the ad­vances of rough trade-seek­ing psy­chol­o­gist Dr. Chase Merid­ian (Ni­cole Kid­man).

To the ev­er­last­ing cha­grin of comic book fans ev­ery­where, di­rec­tor Joel Schu­macher ( St. Elmo’s Fire) was hired to take over the fran­chise from Bur­ton. Adding the char­ac­ter of Robin/Dick Grayson (Chris O’Donnell), Schu­macher seems in­tent on re­turn­ing Bat­man to its campy in­car­na­tion in the ’60s, a di­rec­tion abet­ted by spe­cial guest vil­lains Jim Car­rey as The Rid­dler (as sci­en­tist Ed­ward Nygma, Car­rey is obliged to sell a school­boy crush on Bruce Wayne) and a par­tic­u­larly ob­nox­ious Tommy Lee Jones as Two Face. Schu­macher ap­par­ently felt that adding lots of flu­o­res­cent, day-glo colours to the mix some­how paid homage to the colour comic books, while wil­fully ig­nor­ing the darker di­rec­tion the comics had ac­tu­ally taken.

Hey, it could have been worse — as we would soon see.

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